Friday, March 20, 2015

Learning about comparison symbols

10  > 3 according to this group. Check out the balance scale
picture to go along with their cube train and number sentence.
In math on Friday we learned about comparison symbols ( <  > ) To practice our new knowledge, kiddos worked with a partner to build various sized cube trains and then compared their lengths using number sentences that included a comparison symbol.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Fun

We had a few surprises on St. Patrick's Day. Including a leprechaun named Louie who left us a note and made a mess of our room!
We had fun participating in an online project to find out how many marshmallows were in a box of Lucky Charms. We made predictions and shared them with a class in Iowa via our Twitter feed. We then sorted, counted, and graphed our results. When we finished we added up the total for each of the marshmallow shapes and were quite surprised by the results. Our original job was to find out if there were more hats (clovers) than any other marshmallow in the box. We not only found that to be true, but were surprised at how few of some of the other shapes that were in a our box. (We had an XL Sam's Club sized box)
These were our results from our box
of Lucky Charms
Later in the afternoon, we Skype's with Mrs. DeGroot's class in Iowa to share our results and compare our results with theirs. They were not able to find the same size box as we had so their teacher bought 2 small boxes to equal the same size as our box. Would you believe that they had more marshmallows in almost every single category and that they had 200 more marshmallows all together?? We had a pretty interesting discussion in our class after analyzing the results.
Mrs. DeGroot sent a tweet about our
Skype call on Twitter

Monday, March 9, 2015

Read Across America Week

We had 2 special mystery readers this week- miss Carrie, from the office and Miss Disterhaft (our Asst Principal from last year). They came and did their special rendition of Green Eggs and Ham for us today. It was great and Miss D ended up eating and liking green eggs!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Math Fact Families

We have been learning about fact families in math. Ask your child to tell you what they know about fact families. They should be able to tell you that they have 3 numbers (or members in the family), that they have 4 problems (plus,plus,minus,minus- have them show you the actions) and that the numbers need to be related. Today the kiddos worked with a partner to find the fact families associated with dominoes. They then used one of 3 iPad apps to show their learning and then uploaded their finished product to a Padlet wall to share with others including our Twitter buddies. 
Check out the Padlet below to see your child's learning. 
Click on any of the images and they will enlarge. There will then be an arrow in the top right hand corner that you can advance through each of the images. Enjoy!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Using Aurasma

During our library time last week, kiddos were able to use an app called, Aurasma to enjoy the 2nd grade research projects. Ask your child to tell you about the magic that happened when they pointed their iPad at the target image. 
We learned lots about different Arctic animals such as the Snowy Owl, Killer Whale, and Moose to name a few.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!!!

Happy Valentine's Day!!
Valentine's Day came a day early to first grade and there were smiles all over the room. We started our morning by reading with our 4th grade buddies. We love it when we get together since we only see them every other month.

After buddies, we squeezed in our math lesson. We're learning about fair shares (an intro to fractions) and worked with sharing dimes and pennies. We learned that it doesn't matter if you're sharing frogs, dinosaurs or flip flops (Gavin are you smirking after reading that?!) or even pennies and dimes... a fair share, is still a fair share- 1 for me and 1 for you.

Frosting cookies
 Then we passed out our valentines. Everyone did a fantastic job finding the correct bags for their valentines to go in and those that finished quickly were so kind and helped friends that were having a hard time.

Hmmm.. which sprinkles to use?
We then frosted our own valentine cookies. Everyone got to choose 3 different cookie toppings and if they wanted vanilla or strawberry frosting. We had some pretty delicious creations!  Yum! 

Checking out all of the wonderful cards
Once all of that was done, we took time to open and enjoy all of our valentines.  Have a wonderful weekend and Valentine's Day with your families!!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

100th day

Whew! What a day! We celebrated the 100th day of school today by making 100th day crowns (we hoped you liked our selfies), reading 100 sight words using QR codes, putting together 100 grid puzzles, and even seeing what we may look like when we are 100 years old. Check out our pics below. We are now in the process of writing about what we may do or look like when we are 100. Wait til you read our ideas.... more to follow on that in a few days!